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Riding These Days

The View from Hawk Hill

Riding through the city these past few weeks is amazing. It's so nice to ride without cars, cyclist ruling the streets, pedestrians everywhere enjoying the clean, sping air. I've said this before, but I can't get over it. I don't want to get over it. Can we change some things forever? Commentary: Let Bikes on the Bay Bridge Contest Needs You to Create Better Bike Lane Barriers Can we prioritize healthier, more eco-friendly forms of…

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Positive side of COVID-19? More bikes.

Bicycle ridership is up, at least in New York City, https://grist.org/climate/coronavirus-has-caused-a-bicycling-boom-in-new-york-city/ In San Francisco, the rise in ridership was up after Better Market Street was implemented, https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/03/car-free-market-street-data-san-francisco-bus-bike-scooters/607711/ Vehicle traffic is down, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/03/13/coronavirus-pandemic-cratering-road-traffic-these-us-cities/5041250002/ I suspect both trends will continue so long as we're in a state of emergency over COVID-19. On a personal note, it's very nice to ride around the city now as there are more bikes, but more noticeably, less auto traffic. #bicycle #eco…

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The Week: The real potential of the electric vehicle revolution

Great opinion/policy piece on the potential of e-bikes to radically transform cities. Electric cars are the wave of the future, if you believe the marketing of the big automobile companies. Kia, Nissan, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and of course Tesla have electric models on sale this year, as well as luxury brands Audi, Porsche, and BMW. It seems likely that in the next few decades, gas- or diesel-powered cars and trucks will be made completely obsolete.

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E-bikes are wildly popular in the Bay Area. Can they really replace cars?

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/E-bikes-are-wildly-popular-in-the-Bay-Area-Can-14966780.php In thinking about Singapore/San Francisco, a thought is to work towards personal car zero by promoting all bicycles, public transport, delivery trucks, etc. With the changes on Market Street and as the SF Chronicle article purport, the e-bike growth is occurring somewhat organically. In my own informal, non-scientific short-term memory, there are more bikes on the street with me. This is very likely due to confirmation bias, but I see bikes everywhere now. A…

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Wishlist of Stealthy City E-Bikes

I like electric city bikes that don't look like an obvious electric bike. Most of "the look" I want involves hiding the battery so it's not some huge lump on the frame. A few builders are trying to accomplish this by building the battery into the downtube or under the rear rack. It's better, but you can still tell they're electric bikes. Here's Gazelle's page of bikes. And the most expensive Trek e-bikes do the…

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Continued Benefits of Electric Bikes...

A good summary of the study from Treehugger: https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/study-finds-e-bike-riders-get-much-exercise-riders-regular-bikes.html The study itself, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S259019821930017X E-bikers take longer trips by e-bike and bicycle, compared to cyclists. Physical activity gains from active travel are similar in e-bikers and cyclists. Substituting all car trips with e-bike use leads to a gain of 550 MET min/week. Transport mode substituted by the e-bike is still used frequently afterwards.

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Team Snow Leopards Back in the Saddle

Snow leopards are rarely filmed and are on the United Nation Conservation status as Vulnerable. They are elusive and live in high altitudes and number fewer than 10,000. If you are interested in learning more about the snow leopard, there's an organization dedicated to saving them. Much like a snow leopard, the elusive team members join together again to ride BikeMS Waves to Wine. Bike MS is the fundraising cycling series of the National MS Society…

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Serendipity & Tillie

Through a bit of serendipity, I came across Tillie Andersen's website, http://tillieanderson.com/tillie/. The more I read, the more curious I was about women's bicycle racing in the late 1800s. On a long flight, I read "Women on the Move" from cover to cover. It's a well written book on the fascinating topic of women's bicycle racing by someone just as curious about it as anyone. One of the continuous threads throughout the book is about…

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E-bikes, entirely different mobility platform

These are not just bikes with motors, they are an entirely different mobility platform. — Read on www.treehugger.com/bikes/gazelle-dutch-style-e-bikes-will-eat-cars.html I've been reading about Lloyd's conversion to e- bike advocate over the years. Having spent extended time in both Northern Europe and a few Asian cultures, bikes are the norm. Great to see the culture move over to the States. Personally, I find I ride many more ebikes due to the hills around San Francisco than anything…

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